History Literature / HanselAndGretel

30th Apr '17 5:37:28 PM Goldfritha
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Found in many variants across many cultures; [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/hanselgretel/other.html a list of some can be found here]].
26th Feb '17 8:56:29 PM Chariset
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Once upon a time, there was a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel. Their father was a widower who had remarried, and the family was having hard times. The stepmother insists they abandon the children in the woods and their father is spineless enough to go along with it. Hansel overhears the plan and comes up with the idea of leaving a TrailOfBreadCrumbs from the bread that was supposed to be their lunch, so they can come back; unfortunately, the birds eat all the crumbs, so by the time they decide to follow the trail home, there isn't one.

They wander around for a while, and then they find a GingerbreadHouse. They are very hungry, so they eat from it. The owner of the house, a WickedWitch, calls out that she knows ''someone'' is eating her house; Hansel and Gretel don't reply. [[RuleOfThree The third time]], the witch goes out to meet them. She seems surprisingly friendly, and gives them a huge feast.

The next day, Hansel is in a fattening pen, and Gretel is a servant. It seems that the witch [[ImAHumanitarian eats children, once they are properly prepared]]. There is a HappyEnding for Hansel and Gretel, of course... the witch asks Gretel to light the oven and Gretel pretends she can't. When the witch bends over to do it, Gretel [[HoistByHisOwnPetard kicks her into her own oven]].

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Once upon a time, there was a brother and sister named Hansel and Gretel. Their father was a widower who had remarried, and the family was having hard times. The stepmother insists they abandon the children in the woods and their father is spineless enough to go along with it. Hansel overhears the plan and comes up with the idea of leaving a trail so they can find their way back. The first time, he collects and drops white pebbles and they find their way back home, but the second time he is reduced to a TrailOfBreadCrumbs from the bread that was supposed to be their lunch, so they can come back; unfortunately, lunch; the birds eat all the crumbs, so by the time they decide to follow the trail home, there isn't one.leaving them stranded.

They wander around for a while, and then they find a GingerbreadHouse. They are very hungry, so they eat from it.start eating. The owner of the house, a WickedWitch, calls out that she knows ''someone'' is eating her house; Hansel and Gretel don't reply. [[RuleOfThree The third time]], the witch goes out to meet them. She seems surprisingly friendly, and gives them a huge feast.

The next day, Hansel is in a fattening pen, and Gretel is a servant. It seems that the witch [[ImAHumanitarian eats children, once they are properly prepared]]. There is a HappyEnding for Hansel and Gretel, of course... stalls for a while -- the old witch asks can't see well and pinches his finger to test his plumpness and he is able to trick her by holding out a bone -- but eventually she decides to roast him. She orders Gretel to light crawl in to check the oven (intending, of course, to shove her in and cook her as well), but Gretel pretends she can't. doesn't know how. When the witch bends over to do it, Gretel [[HoistByHisOwnPetard kicks shoves her into her own oven]].
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19th Feb '17 6:02:36 AM TheFantasyChronicler
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!! Adaptions and works based upon "Hansel and Gretel":
* VideoGame/GretelAndHansel
* Film/HanselAndGretel2007
* Film/HanselAndGretel2013
** Film/HanselVsGretel
* Film/HanselAndGretelGetBaked
* Film/HanselAndGretelWitchHunters
6th Feb '17 6:52:19 AM Doug86
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The DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'' retells it as "The Gingerbread Trap", crossing the plot over with that of [[spoiler: the Tenth Doctor story "School Reunion"]].

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The DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'' retells it as "The Gingerbread Trap", crossing the plot over with that of [[spoiler: the Tenth Doctor story "School Reunion"]].
21st Feb '16 1:02:53 AM LordGro
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* AdultFear: Having no food to feed your children and being forced to abandon them rather than starve to death. (Tragically, this was a TruthInTelevision during some times of famine in the Medieval period.) Also, having your children be kidnapped by a SerialKiller cannibal witch.
11th Feb '16 7:41:50 AM Jeduthun
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* AdultFear: Having no food to feed your children and being forced to abandon them rather than starve to death. (Tragically, this was a TruthInTelevision during some times of famine in the Medieval period.) Also, having your children be kidnapped by a SerialKiller cannibal witch.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeathFamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Befalls the witch.
7th Dec '15 8:23:31 PM LadyNorbert
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A variant appears in the ''VideoGames/DarkParables'' games, in which Hansel must rescue Gretel from the witch, rather than the other way around, and does so by giving her a permanent sleeping potion instead of shoving her in the oven. He aids a goddess in the process of the rescue, and she rewards him by bestowing an unusual blessing on his descendants in perpetuity. Gerda, from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'', is one of these descendants.



* OffingTheOffspring: an implication often overlooked now, but obvious to folk at the time of the tale's origin is this: the woodcutter's wife can bear him more children once the famine has passed.

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* OffingTheOffspring: an An implication often overlooked now, but obvious to folk at the time of the tale's origin origin, is this: the woodcutter's wife can bear him more children once the famine has passed.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: In at least one version, Hansel and Gretel are escorted home by a magic duck...who the father then kills and cooks for dinner.
* WickedStepmother: In most versions of the tale. It's worth mentioning however that in the first edition version recorded by the Grimm brothers she was the kids' actual biological mother, and the father shares the blame for abandoning the children. Apparently some people found that too shocking, [[{{Bowdlerise}} so they changed it]].
** Averted in Humperdinck's opera, where she is once again the birth-mother. Though in the opera, she has no evil motive: she simply sends them out as an exasperated parent and they become lost by accident.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: In at least one version, Hansel and Gretel are escorted home by a magic duck... who the father then kills and cooks for dinner.
* WickedStepmother: In most versions of the tale. It's worth mentioning however mentioning, though, that in the first edition version recorded by the Grimm brothers brothers, she was the kids' actual biological mother, and the father shares the blame for abandoning the children. Apparently some people found that too shocking, [[{{Bowdlerise}} so they changed it]].
** Averted in Humperdinck's opera, where she is once again the birth-mother. Though in birth mother. In the opera, however, she has no evil motive: motive; she simply sends them out as an exasperated parent and they become lost by accident.
17th Oct '15 5:54:45 AM Sapphirea2
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The DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'' retells it as "The Gingerbread Trap", crossing the plot over with that of [[spoiler: the Tenth Doctor story "School Reunion"]].
14th Oct '15 7:33:52 PM dynaboyj
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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The ''SuperWhy'' version consisted of the kids eating the witch's roof, the witch going "how dare you eat my roof!", the heroes helping H&G say sorry, and the witch accepting the apology and giving them house-shaped cookies.
12th Sep '15 8:07:23 PM SpaghettiBoy
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* CulturalTranslation: Being a fairy tale, this is often done. A good example of older fairy tale books in Eastern Europe having the witch be BabaYaga.
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